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Sometimes things don’t go as planned, even if you’re the mighty Jay-Z. Jay-Z’s latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was supposed to drop at 12:01 earlier this morning for the million Samsung-phone users who downloaded the Magna Carta app.

This, however, didn’t happen.

A little past 12, the app crashed and people weren’t able to get a copy of the album for hours.

For the folks who wanted to hear the album they had to go to other places: most notably Funkmaster Flex and Hot97, who played the entire album (or, more accurately, Flex screamed at DJ Clue while the album occasionally played in the background).

Finally, after some struggle moments, Samsung was able to get the app working, meaning people were able to download and hear a Flex-free version, meaning that the album became readily available to anyone who knows how to do a Google search.

So how’s Magna Carta? It’s pretty good, with the production being really top-notch, while Jay-Z’s rhymes are sharp, despite a couple of shaky bars here and there.

After listening to the album last night, we decided to highlight our standout lines from Hov’s latest. 
Scroll down and check it out. 

  • “The bright lights is enticing
  • But look what it did to Tyson
  • All that money in one night
  • 30 mill for one fight 
  • But soon as all the money blows, all the pigeons take flight”

“Holy Grail”

  • “Sleeping every night next to Mona Lisa
  • The modern day version
  • With better features
  • Yellow Basquiat in my kitchen corner
  • Go ahead lean on that shit Blue
  • You own it”

“Holy Grail”

  • “Come through with the ‘Ye mask on
  • Spray everything like SAMO
  • Though I won’t scratch the Lambo”

“Picasso Baby”

  • “This is my Wayne Perry flow
  • Y’all know nothing about Wayne Perry though
  • District of the Columbia
  • Guns on your Tumblrs”

“Tom Ford”

  • “Come money dance with the good fellas
  • Hov keep gettin’ that dinero, got it
  • Even if a nigga gotta Robert, get it?
  • Black Jack in casino
  • A nigga got unlimited credit, a nigga got a lot of vendettas
  • But we the Black mob, we gonna set it”


  • “The Magna Carta
  • The best-selling author Decoded
  • On the holiday playing “Strange Fruit”
  • If I’mma make it to a billi I can’t take the same route,
  • Swoosh”


  • “Shepard Fairey they finally gave me some hope
  • Can’t believe they got a nigga to vote
  • Democrat, nope
  • I sold dope
  • In trouble water I had to learn how to float
  • On the ocean
  • I’m in heaven
  • Yachting
  • Ocean 11″


  • “America tried to emasculate the greats
  • Murder Malcolm
  • Gave Cassius the shakes
  • Wait, tell them rumble young man rumble
  • Try to dim your lights tell you be humble
  • You know I’m gon shine like a trillion watts”


  • “When you front row at the Knicks game
  • Those the Spike Lees
  • You front row every where you in the H.O.V.s
  • Jordan 1s and dungarees
  • And that’s just the half of my warpath”


  • “Might crash ya Internet
  • And I ain’t even into that
  • When I was talking Instagram
  • Last thing you wanted was your picture snapped
  • Feds still lurking
  • They see I’m still putting work in
  • Cause somewhereinamerica
  • Miley Cyrus is still twerkin'”



  • “Scott Boras, you over baby
  • Robinson Cano, you coming with me
  • These niggas is like rotary phones
  • It’s a new day, hit up KD”


  • “Conspiracy theorist screaming Illuminati
  • They can’t believe this much skill is in the human body”


  • “Your last shit ain’t better
  • Than my first shit
  • Your best shit
  • Ain’t better than my worst shit” 


  • “I’m an outlaw
  • Gotta outlaw chick
  • Bumping 2Pac
  • On my outlaw shit
  • Matching tatts, this Ink don’t come off
  • Even if rings come off
  • If things ring off”

“Part II (On the Run)” 

“What you know about going out, head west

  • Maybach, 3 TV’s all up in the headrest
  • Mase niggas at Madison Square Garden
  • 20 million sold and we still catching charges”


  • “Nothing could prepare us
  • For the beauty that you be Blue be
  • Looking in your eyes is like a mirror
  • Have to face my fears
  • Cheer up
  • Why could you just be happy
  • Without these back and forth thoughts
  • You too much like your daddy”

“Jay-Z Blue”

  • “Niggas snitching switching teams
  • Out there telling bitches things
  • Industry talk behind your back
  • Ain’t nobody got time for that”

“La Familia”

  • “Every thing within reason
  • Can’t see it taking food out my lil monster’s mouth
  • That will drive me gaga”

“Nickels and Dimes”

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